Moncton city hall, March 27th, 2016, 7am AST.
(With huge thanks to edgy “preachersmith,” and the Book of Common Prayer)
“We come to you in the name of the one who told us, ‘from everyone to who has been given much, much will be demanded; and, from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.’
For the Queen of Canada Elizabeth and the Governor General David
For Justin, the Prime Minister and the cabinet and all civil servants
For the secretary general of the United Nations and its assemblies and councils
For members of parliament and the senate
For judges of the Supreme Court of Canada
For premiers, cabinet members, and legislators of all provinces especially Brian and Cathy, Ernie, and Bruce*
For the mayor of Moncton George; of Dieppe, Yvon; of Riverview, Ann
By your help may they seek justice and truth, peace and concord.
Almighty God, who can bring good out of evil, and who can make even the wrath of humanity turn to your praise:
Thank you for arranging that a semblance of order remains in our shared life.
Praise be to you for not allowing disorder and anarchy.
We lift up our hearts, O Lord, for these who carry civic and political responsibilities.
Make them sensitive to the effects they have on the most vulnerable in society. Grant them the courage to gladly stand up for them without hesitation, apology, or compromise.
Surround them with good counsel, friends, and support, lest they find themselves surrounded by those who would do evil to them or through them.
Protect their hearts from callousness that can grow from being exposed to the friction and toil of gossip, lies, misrepresentations, misunderstanding, rumors.
Pour out on them a steady shower of your discernment and wisdom that they may be quick to forgive of things past and equipped to forge a foundation for better relationships between all in the future.
Still the tongues of all who heartlessly criticize, judge, and demean these servants of yours. Remind us to do to others as we would have them do to us.
Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace.
Give space for the gospel to increase so that in tranquillity your dominion may increase
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
*Brian Gallant, Cathy Rogers, Ernie Steeves, Bruce Fitch – the premier of our province and Moncton area elected representatives especially close to those assembled for worship and prayer